02 June 2020
Volume: 8
Issue: 20
PhD in Physiology graduate, Dr Adu Temitope Samson.

PhD for Study on Effective and Cheaper Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

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Dr Adu Temitope Samson was awarded a PhD in Physiology for his study on an alternative, effective and cheaper method to manage Parkinson’s disease.

Pioneering study leads to a PhD for Dr Buyisile Chibi.

CAPRISA Staff Member Completes a PhD in Record Time

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Dr Buyisile Chibi, a Research Associate at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), graduated with a doctoral degree in Public Health within two-and-a-half years whilst also publishing six papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and one scientific report.

Ethiopian national, Dr Getachew Basha.

Sport Science PhD focuses on Physical Activity among People with Disabilities

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Dr Getachew Basha’s research study on Physical Activity Participation among People with Disability in Ethiopia revealed poor understanding and participation in adapted physical activity among Ethiopians with limb and vision impairment.

Ms Jaynitha Gangiah received a Master’s degree in Dentistry.

Master’s Degree for Study on Dentistry Students’ Perceptions of Antimicrobials

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Ms Jaynitha Gangiah, an academic in the Discipline of Dentistry, graduated with a Master’s degree in Dentistry for her study that was motivated by the fact that in South Africa prescribing antimicrobials for dental use by dental practitioners (including dental therapists) is not standardised.

Dr Terisha Ghazi received a PhD in Medical Biochemistry.

Study Examines the Toxic Effect of Fusaric Acid on Human and Animal Health

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Changes in epigenetic mechanisms are the initiating factors for several underlying diseases. It is hence important to understand the changes induced by food-borne toxins such as Fusaric Acid.

Dr Alese Oluwole Ojo received a PhD in Health Sciences (Physiology).

Study Highlights Linkage between Febrile Seizures, Epilepsy and Depression

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Dr Alese Oluwole Ojo’s study on the link between prolonged febrile seizures, development of epilepsy later in life and depression earned him a PhD in Health Sciences (Physiology).

Top Bachelor of Sport Science Honours (Biokinetics) graduate, Mrs Casey van den Berg.

Top of the Class for Bachelor of Sport Science Graduate

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‘This accomplishment was not expected, but I am honoured because I worked hard and tried to improve each year,’ said Mrs Casey Lee van den Berg after she graduated with a Bachelor of Sport Science Honours (Biokinetics).

Dr Nirupa Misra received a PhD in Pharmacy.

Exclusion of Clofazimine is a Barrier to Access

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‘Tuberculosis (TB) is a public health crisis despite being curable, and claims approximately 4 000 lives globally every day,’ noted Dr Nirupa Misra who graduated with a PhD in Pharmacy.

Dr Olayemi Ijomone received a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences.

Study Explores Long-Term Effect of Pre-Eclampsia on the Brain

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Dr Olayemi Ijomone’s research study found that a history of pre-eclampsia predisposes the mother and her offspring to a higher risk of long-term neurological complications/deficits later in life through neuroinflammation.

PhD in Nursing graduate, Dr Adenike Adebola Olaniyi.

PhD Study Aims to Reduce Neonatal Mortality Rate

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Dr Adenike Adebola Olaniyi was awarded a PhD in Nursing for her study on a neonatal resuscitation training model for semi-skilled birth attendants to manage neonatal emergencies in Oyo State, Nigeria.

PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry recipient, Dr Othman Al Musaimi.

Eco-friendly Methods for Peptide-based Drugs

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Dr Othman Al Musaimi’s PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry presents various new strategies to synthesise solid-phase peptides (SPPs) through greener, more carbon-friendly methods. It was supervised by Professors Beatriz G de la Torre and Fernando Albericio.

Miss Karishma Naidoo, Best Overall B Med Science (Physiology) student.

Summa Cum Laude Pass for High Flyer

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‘I am proud of myself because of the hard work and dedication I put into my studies,’ said Miss Karishma Naidoo who was awarded her degree summa cum laude and was named Best Overall B Med Science (Physiology) student in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences.

Mr Livashin Naidu, B Med Science Honours summa cum laude graduate.

Passion for Anatomy Pays Dividends

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‘I feel incredibly proud and elated that all the hard work, sacrifice and perseverance paid off in the end,’ said Mr Livashin Naidu after being awarded his B Med Science Honours degree summa cum laude and earning the titles of overall best B Med Science Honours Student, best overall achiever in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and best research project in these subjects.

Human Physiology lecturer, Dr Hlengiwe Prosperity Mbongwa received an MBA.

What Influences Our Choices of Healthcare Practices?

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Lecturer in Human Physiology in the School of Laboratory Medicine at UKZN, Dr Hlengiwe Mbongwa was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) for her study on the reasons for using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat or manage an existing condition such as diabetes; or to promote health in general by taking supplements such as vitamins and minerals or going to gym.

Nigerian national, Dr Okenwa-Vincent Emmanuel received a PhD in Optometry.

Optometrist Graduates with a PhD

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Dr Okenwa-Vincent Emmanuel was awarded a PhD in Optometry for his study on Health-related quality of life and utility for uncorrected refractive errors (URE) amongst school going adolescents of Kakamega County in Kenya.

Mr Nkosinathi Mncwabe received his Master’s in Medical Sciences in Public Health.

Master’s in Medical Sciences in Public Health for UKZN Project Officer

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Mr Nkosinathi Mncwabe graduated with a Master’s in Medical Sciences in Public Health. Supervised by Drs Themba Ginindza and Khumbulani Hlongwane, his ethnographic study explored cancer patients’ experiences of living with cancer in palliative care and support group settings in KwaZulu-Natal.